DARPA, the agency that really did invent the Internet, is now looking at ways the Web might be used to fight the next war.
DARPA stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a Pentagon office that researches everything from cutting-edge cybersecurity to hypersonic airplanes.
The agency's director, Regina Dugan, told a gathering of cybersecurity experts Monday that "DARPA will focus an increasing portion of our cyber research on the investigation of offensive capabilities to address military specific needs."
In the past, the main focus of DARPA and other DoD cybersecurity offices has been defensive, protecting the Pentagon's worldwide network of computers from hackers and "malware" - invasive software designed with malicious intent.
Now DARPA is looking at how to reach out and attack, through cyberspace, the entities trying to break into and disrupt DoD computers.